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Why I find Resolutionists annoying

Monday, January 04, 2010

Yeah, yeah, I know I should have a better attitude towards the glut of newbies that invade the gym every January...

But the fact is...the vast majority of people who attempt to lose weight/get healthier don't do it right. There's no excuse for that with the amount of information that is out there. These people are determined to burn out on exercise, strength train with terrible form and no sense of how to put together a balanced program, and deprivation diet until they burn out before February, because they don't know any better and more importantly, because they refuse to ask for and listen to advice given!

If you are reading this blog entry, all you have to do is start by clicking on those tabs at the top of the page - a world of information is at your fingertips to help you avoid becoming yet another Resolutionist Casualty.

And for those who are attempting their 20249809322th time at crash dieting and 2 hour daily gym sessions...

ask for help, look for help...learn how to do things right and make small permanent changes. It's hard to be supportive when you know that at least 90% of that crowd in the gym is destined for failure because they won't ask for help.

Otherwise I'll see you next January.

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MYREALANA 1/25/2010 2:28PM

    Not to mention they take all the parking places!

I drove around for almost 30 mintues my first night of karate class in 2010, not able to find a SINGLE parking space. I wasn't looking for an ideal spot, or a close spot, just a LEGAL one.

Thank goodness they've already started to tricle out.

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BREW99 1/6/2010 8:10AM

    Haha Well said! The gym gets so busy in January and it's hard to find a spot to workout. Come February it's so nice to be back into a calm gym once again. Since my husband and I workout together we play the "bet who's not going to make it" game. It helps alleviate the stress of waiting for machines that are trying to be worked on by newbies full of expectations.

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SUPERSNAZZ 1/5/2010 6:20PM

    Very well put! I dread the first 6 weeks of the New Year at the gym.

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ZIRCADIA 1/4/2010 7:41PM

    WORD. Although I started getting healthy as my first ever New Year's Resolution, my goal was to become healthy. And I was realistic about it, thank goodness. But yeah, since I've been at this for a while I hate the way the gym fills in Jan and tapers out, then (being at a college rec center) the week before Spring Break it's packed... hahahaha. LAME.

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DAUSTINFAN 1/4/2010 2:37PM

    I completely agree with you!!!
I went to my gym yesterday and I couldn't even find a parking spot. There was like 10 times the people there. I was trying to run 6 miles on the indoor track and all these people were just standing around on it. Annoying. The classes are fuller too. I'm going to have to go extra early today so I can get a bike for spinning. I think I'd rather run outside in the freezing cold than go to a packed gym.
I can not wait until the middle of February when the place is almost back to normal.
I bet gym owners make most their profit in January.

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MBSHAZZER 1/4/2010 1:11PM

    I usually write off the gym for the month of January. By the time Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, every is off the wagon and I can have my gym back!

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JULIEN* 1/4/2010 12:51PM

    Hahahahaha. At least you'll get your gym back in a couple weeks. : ) It was actually the holidays that made me come home and join spark and get healthy. My aunt told me I was fat during xmas and I came home determined to do something about it.

The reason I don't like the concept of new years resolutions is that often they take on a form of self deprivation. Like "I'm going to stop XYZ." I've never actually made a new years resolution, but this year I sat down and wrote a list of all the things I did this year that I'm proud of and made a list of goals for next year.

I watched a couple of your race videos on FB. You look so awesome! It's so inspiring. Any tips on how I could go about getting my feet wet?

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LORI2008 1/4/2010 12:51PM


Yes, I dread when Thanksgiving comes around. The "newbie" traffic begins to pick up and right after New Year's the gym is insanely crowded. It's hard to hold out until mid-February when the traffic flow starts to normalize once again. Until then, it's hard to get to the machines without greatly shuffling up your routine and it's hard to bite your tongue when three people stand around a fourth who is just sitting on a machine you need to work into your routine before you leave.

You'd think people would learn that the coldest month of the year is not a good time to try to get into the habit of walking across a freezing cold and windy parking lot to do something they haven't learned how to enjoy yet. LOL!

Yup - to the 90% that will only last 4 to 8 weeks - see ya again next January!


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"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." - Bill Bowerman

Saturday, January 02, 2010

12.24K in -12 C, -20 C with the windchill.

From the mouth of one of my running partners (who has only been running since July): "It really wasn't that bad."


I see so many posts talking about how it's too cold/snowy/wet to go outside and exercise..sorry, but 35F is not cold. Quit yer whining! Conversely, I don't like running in 35C heat but again it comes down to dressing and hydrating properly.

Winter running isn't cheap. The first year I ran outside in the cold I probably spent about $500 on gear. But the gear lasts for awhile and is worth every penny.

What made today's run suck was the fact that I have a nasty head cold (and forbidden to take NyQuil, the Magic Elixir), Cheeto pulling a bit on my stomach (especially on downhills) and having to pee every 3 seconds.

Give me a -20 C morning over a 35C morning ANY TIME.

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MUFFINSQUIRE 5/28/2010 11:26PM

    I absolutely agree that 35 is not cold. That's not even below freezing! Wimps.
The issue with winter running in my area is that a lot of people don't shovel their walks, or leave ice on it or something. After breaking my shoulder falling a couple of winters ago, I'm not super thrilled about walking around midwinter anymore. :(

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RUNNERKIMMY 2/25/2010 1:47PM

    I agree! 35 degrees is NOT cold! I love seeing the looks on people's faces at work when I tell them I ran 5 miles in the dark with my headlamp outside at 5am. LOL...wimps!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 1/2/2010 4:26PM

    When I was making the transition from winter-wimp to year-round runner, I remember thinking about skiing. I could ski in very low temperatures because I felt like I had a cocoon of appropriate clothing around me. It took me a while to work out the clothing I needed for running, because rain, snow or wind could change what I needed at a given temperature. But once I made enough mistakes, it was freedom!

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ZIRCADIA 1/2/2010 2:52PM

    haha, I hear you!!! Don't worry I was reminding myself of those running in the negatives when I was out there. And emphasis being on OUT THERE. Last year two winters I stopped running when it got cold, but not this year and I really did learn that it "really isn't that bad". I'll probably continue and just learn how to gear up even warmer if we move somewhere that gets colder.

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SARAH_VW 1/2/2010 2:36PM

    I completely agree that weather is not an excuse to skip a run. It's very cold where I live, often -30 C without the wind chill and it hasn't kept me from running or cross skiing yet. When dressed appropriately it is not that bad. The initial investment in winter gear is expensive, but so worth in the end.

Hope you feel better soon!

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ZORBS13 1/2/2010 2:27PM

    Sharon: you live in the right place for your preferences, and I live in the right place for mine.

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MBSHAZZER 1/2/2010 2:12PM

    Ahhh, I disagree, I love it HOT HOT HOT!!! But, that's what I'm used to. Sometimes it's fun to run in really adverse conditions... it makes completing the run that much more of an accomplishment!

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SALONGIRL70 1/2/2010 1:52PM

    I fairly agree. I am not going to sit here and say oh I love exercising in the freezing outside, but I have to say its easier to get me out in the cold than the hot. I live in Arkansas and walking in 100 degree weather at 6 in the morning sucks. That is when I tend to do more inside. I am not a runner but I do want to start running this year

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SEESKO 1/2/2010 1:50PM

    I needed to read this. I am going to start training for a marathon. I guess I need to lose the tradmill and get outside. If it is over 15 I will try to run outside. Today it is 17...here i go.

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FLASHBACK: December 31, 1999

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ahhh, Y2K. Fear of massive computer meltdowns did not stop me from partying into the wee hours. My dad had gotten me and the guy I was dating $1500 CAD/couple tickets to a New Years gala held at the swankiest hotel in town where he (dad) worked.

What to wear? I brought 2 dresses with me..I tried to put the first one on and couldn't get it over my butt. No big deal! Let's wear the other one, in a bigger size!

In a way, I miss those days when everything was so free...I didn't worry about eating the wrong things, or how much..I just ate whatever and however much I wanted. I also didn't worry about what size I was or if I looked fat or lumpy in a certain outfit either..At that point in my life I had never set foot in a gym.

Of course, these days it is a common occurence for clothes not to fit me from one week to the next, but preggo body aside, I can never go back to the girl I was back in December 1999. Fit Patty wants to be able to wear anything she wants...and look good in it. She'd still enjoy the drinks and gourmet food at the gala...but get right back on track with eating at the next meal and of course maintain the exercise routine.

In December 1999, I was still 9 months away from starting my lifelong journey to health and fitness. Even at 29W4D preggo, I weigh less than I did when that picture was taken, although as you've probably noticed, I won't let a camera anywhere near me these days. Although I am truly devastated over the loss of my strength, speed, and cardio endurance...I am still far, FAR fitter and healthier than the Patty of 10 years ago.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, 2010 will be a year of tremendous change for me. I will learn to be a mom, while at the same time re-learning how to eat and exercise for fat loss, after years of maintenance. It will be a huge challenge and I am up for it!

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ZIRCADIA 12/29/2009 9:21PM

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I want to be like you someday. :D You are a great friend -- thanks for the reflections.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/29/2009 3:47AM

    You do indeed have a great year ahead of you. Hope your NYE this year is as much fun (and healthier) than that one back in 1999!

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EDGEOFSANITY 12/28/2009 7:44PM

    Your healthy eating and exercising will pay off now during preganancy, duing labor and after the birth.

There's days that I wish I didn't care too... But then I just have to look at my kids to remind myself how important it is for me to stay healthy =)

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 12/28/2009 4:38PM

    Excellent blog! Such great thoughts. You've got a great year ahead of you!

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MBSHAZZER 12/28/2009 3:29PM

    I can totally relate to that feeling of just not worrying. I started exercising and eating right in 1992, and even though I am very glad for the condition that I am in, sometimes I just get tired of always planning around fitness and good nutrition. And it's shocking to me how many people just DON'T worry about it! Anyway, I'm sure you will find losing the pregnancy weight a lot easier since you are exercising and eating well NOW, and were doing so for years and years before becoming pregnant.

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Running out of places to hide the...

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Because of the poor economy, I received a lot more gifts of homemade cookies and chocolates from my students..in the past I'd put them in the break room at work, but there seriously is a huge mountain...

I am leaving one of my jobs next week...

Planning on dumping ALL my junk there, and then walking out...forever!

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MBSHAZZER 12/24/2009 1:40PM

    Hmmm, no one gave me ANYTHING this year, edible or not. Is this something to worry about?? LOL! I like your plan!

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LOOKFORWARD2IT 12/24/2009 12:01PM

    All the extras I get are going into small packages and being stored in my garage freezer.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/24/2009 9:59AM

    Can I ever relate!! Last night I stuffed all my gifts from school into a huge Old Navy bag and brought them home...and as I opened all the little chocolates I kept asking my fiance if he wanted them or if he knew who I could regift them to. Haha!! Seriously, by far my favorite gift was an adorable note one of my most difficult students wrote me...I don't need my students to give me STUFF just for doing my job!

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Most pathetic holiday meal EVER

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I've often posted about how I dislike traditional holiday food, so my plan is usually to eat something beforehand and just pick at whatever I consider edible. Yesterday's family party, however, really hit a new low.

The menu:
- turkey (will eat only with decent sides)
- ham (too much sodium)
- vegetable gratin (too much fat/creamy mystery sauce)
- coleslaw & broccoli salad (mystery fatty dressing)
- stuffing (white bread)
- gravy (do I even have to explain?)
- asparagus steamed until gray (my husband took the last 2 spears, there was none left even if I wanted some)
- mashed potatoes (probably made with a ton of salt and butter)
- pies, cakes, cookies (dislike sweets, especially pie)

So that left me with...raw veggies with a weird dip that I didn't like..

This was my holiday "treat" meal:
3 broccoli florets, 1 strip of red pepper, 1 celery stick, no dip, a glass of water, and 1 clementine. How decadent and delicious. /end sarcasm

I do NOT get how people can gain 10 pounds during the holiday season. I'll be lucky if I don't waste away from hunger! I had brought a whole grain wrap with low sodium, nitrate free chicken, emmenthal cheese, and baby spinach, plus an apple...but I was counting on there being SOMETHING I could eat.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/20/2009 8:28PM

    Ugh, that sounds depressing. I'm proud of you for not just taking the easy route and eating the junk.

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    This happens to be all the time when I having dinner with my family...my aunt will even add chicken broth to the steamed veggies!!! This Thanksgiving I brought 3 dishes, roasted sweet potatoes with apples, roasted new potatoes with peppers and onions and roasted asparagus!!! I made enough for eveyone bu I was the only one who ate....needless to say I brought home the leftovers and was a happy, full camper by the end of the meal!!! Jackie!!!

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-H0LY-Y0GA- 12/10/2009 11:10AM

    Years ago I made the mistake of watching my MIL make mashed potatoes. I cried. Seriously. They were hardly recognizable as potatoes by the end. So sad.

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ZIRCADIA 12/7/2009 9:15PM

    WOW, the worst thing ever is gray asparagus. I love asparagus so much and to ruin it is just a tragedy in my eyes. :( WAH!

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MBSHAZZER 12/7/2009 11:10AM

    I make everything low fat / low sodium, so I mistakenly assume other people do too. Last year for Thanksgiving, we went to friends'. The wife must have used about 10 pounds of butter in the meal. It was so gross. We felt so nasty and bloated and we barely even ate anything. After that experience, we either host or insist on bringing a bunch of stuff. I mean, it's not that hard to swap out ingredients. Adding a stick of butter to mashed potatoes is the lazy way to make it taste good. There are other ways to achieve the same result!

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ALPOPLUP 12/6/2009 9:10AM

    wish I felt that way

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